The fine weather is back, and our desire for the great outdoors with it! Escaping into nature, working in the garden or participating in convivial festivals: discover a selection of springtime activities and ideas for excursions in Geneva for young and old alike.
The days are getting longer, the temperature is gradually rising and spring is definitely in the air! It is the opportunity to get a breath of fresh air and spend some time doing different activities:
Discover Geneva by bike
Hop on a bike and explore Geneva and its surroundings! When planning your route, the City of Geneva suggests a number of circuits on the cycle circuits page. You can also rediscover the city with its original lighting by means of the cultural and guided tours organised free of charge as part of the samedis du vélo. And if you have yet to find your faithful mount, don’t worry: with the arrival of spring, the bike loan season starts in April! Genèveroule bike loan arcades or cabins can be found in les Pâquis, Plainpalais, Montbrillant, la Terrassière on Place du Rhône and on Place des Nations.
Get your fill of sport in the great outdoors
No need to lock yourself away in a gym any more if you feel like doing a little sport! With the Proxisport urban fitness installations in different parks around the city, a Proxitraining sport circuit in Beaulieu, a range of fitness trails and Urban training circuits, make the most of the green areas in your districts, free of charge!
Races between the city and the countryside
There’s nothing like the fine weather to get (back) in training for a road race or two! Race enthusiasts can train on one of the numerous outdoor tracks in the lush settings of the different Geneva sports centres. And for anyone tempted by the idea of a competitive race or keen to enjoy the sight of thousands of athletes stepping up the pace, May is when the Geneva Marathon takes place!
Famous tennis players in les Eaux-Vives
Come and applaud the talented competitors at the Banque Eric Sturdza Geneva Open. The most important tennis tournament in western Switzerland is held in May at the Geneva Eaux-Vives Tennis Club. The ambassador of the tournament, Stan Wawrinka, is usually on hand.
Take a walk between heritage and Mother Nature
Circuits combining a pleasant stroll and new discoveries
Spring is the ideal season to enjoy a walk! A series of walking guides offer you the chance to follow themed circuits to discover former estates that have been transformed into public parks, emblematic constructions and rare or remarkable trees, or to follow the course of the River Arve. Following the cultural trails explore the districts and their museums, monuments and public works of art or discover historical anecdotes.
If you go down in the woods today …
It is the ideal opportunity to fill up on chlorophyll with a stroll in the woods in the Bois-de-la-Bâtie. A play area awaits smaller children as well as an animal park where your family can make the acquaintance of miniature goats, Mangalitza pigs and other species of animal, some of which are threatened with extinction.
Back to basics and the earth
Urban vegetable gardens and local varieties
Create your own vegetable garden in your garden or on your balcony! Several associations, supported by the City of Geneva through its Feed the City programme, provide courses on how to prepare your seeds or plants, and even let you use locally sourced varieties. Tomatoes from Chancy, purple artichokes from Plainpalais or Swiss chards from Geneva are all varieties you can find on the organic plant market held every Thursday and Saturday from April to June at les artichauts, the greenhouses in the Parc de Beaulieu.
A world of colour with the parks in bloom
With the arrival of spring, the parks burst into a thousand colours. Don’t miss the spectacular flowering of the rhododendrons and azaleas, their scents and shimmering colours guaranteed to enchant your senses. These bushes can be found in particular at the bottom of the Parc des Eaux-Vives or in the Parc Moynier.
The gardener’s visit at the CJB
Come and discover the secrets of the gardeners at the Botanical Garden thanks to free guided visits, every Thursday from March to October, at the Conservatoire et Jardin Botaniques. These visits offer an ideal chance to explore the collections of this living museum through renewed themes, accompanied by the botanical horticulturist.
Green workshops for children
The green workshops of the Botanical Garden offer children aged 6 to 13 the chance to discover the world of plants and animals. Carnivorous plants, molecular biology experiments or animals that are friends of plants: there are numerous opportunities to observe and learn! For kids (6-9) and juniors (10-13), on Wednesday afternoons from 2 p.m. to 4.30 p.m., registration required, CHF 12 per workshop.
Playing in the parks, courtyards and streets
The ‘ludobuses’ come to meet you
From May to September, two ludobuses visit the districts of Geneva and come to meet you. You can discover all types of games to borrow and many more suitable for outdoor activities. Laughter and sharing are guaranteed with these itinerant ‘ludothèques' suitable for all ages and absolutely free of charge!
The ‘games cart’ in les Pâquis
From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, the ‘games cart’ of the community centre in les Pâquis comes to visit you in May and June in the school yards around the district. It brings with it outdoor games that can be lent to young people wanting to play together.
Major events during the spring
- The European Artistic Craft Days held at the end of March and the start of April offer you the chance to discover the know-how of the people working in the cultural institutions of Geneva;
- The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) held in March is an open platform for anyone committed to defending human values throughout the world;
- La Fête des voisins is the chance for neighbours to enjoy a convivial moment together during the month of May;
- La Nuit des musées in May offers the general public the chance to explore the museums of Geneva through an original programme of night-time events;
- La semaine du livre petite enfance et familles allows young children to discover the world of books through a series of activities organised in May.
Article modifié le 19.02.2020 à 11:42